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Wednesday 27 October 2021
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Healthy Kidneys, Healthy Lives
Professor Philip Kalra with patient Christine Ward

Healthy Kidneys, Healthy Lives

Kidney patients are being urged to help improve care for themselves and others by getting involved in crucial research.


Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is one of the major sites in the UK for renal care and research, and the renal department’s Professor Philip Kalra has a national lead role for renal trials.


The department is now inviting patients with chronic kidney disease and their carers to a special event (with lunch) to find out more about research. It takes place at the De Vere Whites Hotel, Reebok Stadium, Bolton, on Sunday 8 December from 11am-3pm (registration from 10.30am).


There will be a chance to hear about some of the important research being carried out at Salford Royal, find out about a new patients’ website and to learn from other patients what it’s like to be involved in studies.


Prof Kalra explained why research is so vital: “We can make a big difference to patients. Survival rates and patients’ quality of life are much better if chronic kidney disease is spotted early and treated early. It’s really important that we have the best possible knowledge of the disease and continue to work on improving treatments so that we can avoid some of the terrible effects that can happen.


“We’ve found our patients appreciate the chance to get involved in their own care and to know that they are helping to contribute to the lives of others through research.”


Salford Royal is the home of the CRISIS (Chronic Renal Insufficiency Standards Implementation Study) project, which has one of the largest patient chronic kidney disease cohorts in the world. The study, which started in 2002, highlights the risk factors associated with more rapid progression of chronic kidney disease and so helps target people at greater risk for higher level care. Around 300 patients a year join the study, which has its own biobank containing 35,000 separate samples to help researchers carry out their work.


One patient who has taken part in research is kidney disease sufferer Christine Ward, from Swinton. Mrs Ward’s mother, Norah Morris, died from renal failure and Mrs Ward is firmly convinced modern treatments and close attention from clinicians have saved her own life.


She said: “I was a bit apprehensive about taking part in research at first but I kept thinking if it’s going to do me good or help others, I just have to do it. Now I would really recommend it – a lot of good comes from it, it’s marvellous.”


It’s free to attend the Healthy Kidneys, Healthy Lives event, which includes lunch, but patients are asked to register at http://gmkin.org.uk/hkhl/ to help with catering.